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The definition of how a room tax is charged in Bend is in question. The topic generated a lot of discussion at Wednesday night's Bend City Council meeting.  Bend City Manager Eric King: “Trying to provide some clarity for our code for the transient room tax. We are not proposing anything new. We are just trying to be a little bit more clear when the transient room tax applies and to what types of charges.” On a four to three vote, the City Council narrowly accepted the staff proposed changes. The City contends that if all guests are charged some kind of fee, then than should be taxed. Attorney Neil Bryant representing the Riverhouse Convention Center argued for further clarification. The Riverhouse's contention is that if a customer can opt out of paying a facility use fee at registration, then that should not be taxed. A majority of the Councilors seem to feel that fine print on a registration card is not enough notice to allow customers to opt out. Thus most people will automatically pay it, and so it should be taxed.  The issue will come up again during the first Council meeting in May. Jeff Eager, Jim Clinton, Mark Capell, Jodie Barram voted to accept the staff's proposal.

 

 

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  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

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